Alex Trebek urges compassion for COVID-19 victims in one of his final 'Jeopardy!' tapings
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Late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek urged viewers to practice compassion for COVID-19 victims in one of his final tapings of the show, which aired on Monday. 

Trebek, who died on Nov. 8 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, had pre-taped several weeks of shows that have aired since his death. Monday’s show started his last week of recorded programs. 

The host opened the show, originally scheduled to air the week of Christmas, by calling attention to the “season of giving.”

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“I know that you want to be generous with your family, your friends, your loved ones, but today, I’d like you to go one step further,” he said. “I'd like you to open up your hands and open up your hearts to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19 — people who are suffering through no fault of their own.”

“We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society, and if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re going to get there,” Trebek added.

Trebek’s final week of shows was initially set to happen over Christmas, but the show delayed the episodes to air this week to get more viewers for his last programs, The Associated Press reported, which was why Monday’s episode included categories such as “December 21” and “Christmas on Broadway.”

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Trebek had announced on air in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and that he would continue to film episodes while undergoing treatment. 

No successor has been named to replace Trebek as the long-running game show's permanent host, although “Jeopardy!” star Ken Jennings, who won for 74 consecutive days, will operate as an interim host in future episodes. 

“Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards told NBC’s “Today” on Monday that Trebek was “an absolute warrior” during his final tapings.  

“He was in enormous pain,” Richards said. “He was, you know, 10 days away from passing away. And you will not sense that in any of these episodes.”